Michael C Cheshire

Michael C Cheshire

Experimental Geochemistry Researcher


I am a mineralogist and geochemist having 16 years of experience within national laboratories, mining industry, and academia. I completed my Ph.D. in 2011 from Indiana University, followed by post-doctoral positions at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories researching used-nuclear fuel repository and CO2-sequestration technologies. I was hired by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2016 as an Experimental Geochemist focused on determining how subsurface processes impacts U.S.’s overall energy security. Currently, my research is focused on experimental investigations related to supercritical-CO2 interactions with shale, developing a better predictive model for how porosity/permeability evolution is related to mineral nucleation and growth, and developing new mineral separation techniques for critical metal (rare-earth elements, gallium, germanium) recovery as by-products from lean sources.


2009 Robert L. Bates Scholar, Industrial Minerals Forum
2009 SME Gerald V. Henderson Industrial Minerals Memorial Scholarship
2005 SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award
2010-2011 Grassmann Fellowship in Clay Mineralogy, Indiana University.


Nanoscale control on geologic CO2, Critical Materials Institute, DOE Basic Energy Sciences - Geosciences


DiStefano, V.H., McFarlane, J., Stack, A.G., Perfect, E., Mildner, D., Bleuel, M., Chipera, S.J., Littrell, K., Cheshire, M.C., Manz, K., Anovitz, L.M. (2018) Solvent-Pore Interactions in the Eagle Ford Shale Formation, Fuel, Accepted.

Cheshire, M.C., Caporuscio, F.A., Jové Colón, C.F., Norskog, K.E. (2018) Fe-saponite growth on low-carbon and stainless steel in hydrothermal-bentonite experiments. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 511, 353-366.

Rodriquez, E.T., Anovitz, L.M., Clement, C.D., Rondinone, A.J., Cheshire, M.C. (2018) Facile emulsion mediated synthesis of phase-pure diopside nanoparticles. Scientific Report, 8, 1-7.

Cheshire, M.C., Bish, D.L., Cahill, J.F., Kertesz, V., Stack, A.G. (2018) Geochemical Evidence for Rare-Earth Element Mobilization during Kaolin Diagenesis. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2, 506-520.

Gadikota, G., Dazas, B., Rother, G., Cheshire, M.C., Bourg, I. (2017) Solubility of gases (CO2, CH4, H2, noble gases) in clay interlayer nanopores. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 26539-26550.

DiStefano, V.H., Cheshire, M.C., McFarlane, J., Kolbus, L.M., Hale, R.E., Perfect, E., Bilheux, H.Z., Santodonato, L.J., Hussey, D.S., Jacobson, D.L., LaManna, J.M., Bingham, P.R., Starchenko, V., Anovitz, L.M. (2017) Spontaneous Imbibition of Water and Determination of Effective Contact Angles in the Eagle Ford Shale Formation using Neutron Imaging. Journal of Earth Sciences, 28, 874-887.

Anovitz, L.M., Rondinone, A.J., Sochalski-Kolbus, L., Rosenqvist, J., Cheshire, M.C. (2017) Nano-Scale Synthesis of the Complex Silicate Minerals Forsterite and Enstatite. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 495, 94-101.

Wang, H-.W., Daemen, L., Roback, J., Cheshire, M.C., Kidder, M., Stack, A.G., Neuefeind, J., and Page, K. (2017) Synthesis and structure of synthetically pure and deuterated amorphous (basic) calcium carbonates. Chemical Communication, 53, 2942-2945.

Caporuscio, F., Palaich, S.E., Cheshire, M.C., and Jove-Colon, C (2017) Authigenic mineral growth and copper corrosion in hydrothermal bentonite experiments. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 485, 137-146.

Cheshire, M.C., Stack, A.G., Carey, J.W., Anovitz, L., Prisk, T., Ilavsky, J. (2016) Wellbore cement porosity evolution in response to mineral alteration during CO2 flooding. Environmental Science and Technology, 51, 692-698.

WoldeGabriel, G., Boukhalfa, H., Ware, S. D., Cheshire, M., Reimus, P., Heikoop, J., Conradson, S. D., Batuk, O., Havrilla, G., House, B., Simmons, A., Clay, J., Basu, A., Christensen, J. N., Brown, S. T., and DePaolo, D. J. (2014) Characterization of cores from an in-situ recovery mined uranium deposit in Wyoming: Implications for post-mining restoration. Chemical Geology, 390, 32-45.

Cheshire, M.C., Caporuscio, F.A., Jove-Colon, C., and McCarney, M.K. (2014) Bentonite evolution at elevated pressures and temperatures: An experimental study for generic nuclear repositories. American Mineralogist, 99, 1662-1675.

Cheshire, M.C. and Bish, D.L. (2012) Mineralogical and sulfur isotopic evidence for sulfate reducing and disproportionating bacteria influencing pyrite and marcasite formation in the Georgia kaolins. Clay Minerals, 47, 559-572.

Cheshire, M.C., Bish, D.L, and Brassell, S. (2012) Organic geochemical signatures of Georgia kaolins and their diagenetic evolution. Clays and Clay Minerals, 60, 419-439.

Cheshire, M.C. and Güven, N. (2005) Conversion of chrysotile asbestos to magnesian smectite. Clays and Clay Minerals, 53, 155-161.

Jones, J.E., Cheshire, M.C., Casadonte, Jr., D.J., and Phifer, C.C. (2004) Facile sonochemical synthesis of graphite intercalation compounds. Organic Letters, 6, 1915-1917.

Facilities Used

High Temperature/Pressure Geochemistry Facility, High Temperature Materials Laboratory, Spallation Neutron Source, High-Flux Isotope Reactor, ANL's Advanced Photon Source, NIST's Center for Neutron Research

Specialized Equipment

Rockland 150-T and 250-T Piston-Cylinders, Hitachi S4800 SEM, Panalytical Empyrean Powder-XRD, INEL/MWL Laue-XRD, Various Flow-Cells at High T/P, Batch Hydrothermal Systems (Rocking Autoclaves, Bolted-Closure Vessels, Cold-Sealed Vessels), Hallimond micro-Flotation Tube

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